HBO could launch Portuguese OTT TV service

HBO is planning to launch a dedicated service in Portugal, according to a local press report. According to Dinheiro Vivo, the US subscription video-on-demand service is planning to launch a service in the country and is hiring staff for the project. HBO has been present in the Portuguese market since 2015 through a partnership with […]

Canal Digitaal teams up with pubcasters for 4K UHD World Cup

M7 Group-owned Dutch satellite pay TV platform Canal Digitaal is to air matches from the forthcoming football World Cup in 4K Ultra HD. M7 has struck an agreement with Dutch public broadcaster NPO/NOS to air matches from the competition, which takes place in Russia from June 14 until July 15, in 4K UHD. The World […]

NOS turns in modest Q1 results as TV numbers slip

Portuguese pay TV operator NOS turned in modest Q1 results, with flat year-on-year revenue growth and a modest increase in EBITDA driven by increases in mobile and broadband sales and growth in its converged customer base. On the downside the operator’s overall TV base declined slightly, with growth in fixed network TV customers failing to […]

NOS sees TV growth slow but hails success with convergence

Portuguese cable and pay TV operator NOS has seen solid take up of its converged fixed-mobile packages, which it said was driven by pay TV. However, growth in the operator’s TV base has slowed significantly in 2017. Close to half of the company’s customer base now take a convergent fixed-mobile offering. However, NOS grew its […]

Portuguese watchdog: zero-rated offers break net neutrality rules

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has ordered the country’s main telecom operators to change their broadband offerings after ruling that a number of packages that ‘zero rate’ some applications break net neutrality rules. While the practice of zero rating – exempting applications such as video streaming services from broadband tariffs for example – is not illegal in […]

Dutch broadcaster NOS appoints new CEO

Dutch public service broadcaster NOS has appointed the director of Dutch broadcasting association BNNVARA as its new chief executive. Gerard Timmer takes up the CEO role on May 1, replacing Jan de Jong who became a director of Feyenoord football club at the end of last year. Timmer said he looks forward to continuing to build on the […]

Portuguese pay TV base grows, boosted by fibre

The number of pay TV subscribers in Portugal grew by 33,000 in the third quarter to take the country’s total to 3.8 million, according to the latest statistics released by regulator ANACOM. NOS has the biggest share of subscribers, with 43% of the total, followed by Meo with 38.1%, Vodafone with 14% and Nowo with […]

Portuguese watchdog given green light to act on fibre pricing

Portuguese regulator ANACOM has secured a mandate from the country’s government to regulate the wholesale prices charged by Fibroglobal. ANACOM is to reduce the prices charged by the fibre operator by between 24% and 55%, based on a recommendation that followed its analysis of the prices charged for wholesale offers for rural high-speed networks. ANACOM […]

NOS sees convergence strategy paying off

Portuguese pay TV operator NOS saw growth in the third quarter coming from its successful convergence strategy as the number of net adds for individual services slows. According to NOS, 47.3% of fixed subscribers now take a mix of communication and entertainment services. The company cited independent figures that showed it now had a 40% […]

NOS strikes streaming deal with Fox+

Portuguese pay TV operator NOS has struck a deal to secure content from Fox+ on its streaming service NOS Play. The streaming service, now rebranded from N Play, will provide access to the Fox+ catalogue. The addition of Fox+ to NOS Play will enable subscribers to view shows including The Walking Dead, The X-Files, 24 […]